People with Disabilities Awareness Day 2024

Join Us for a great day

Are you ready to network? Celebrate outstanding accomplishments? If so, join us for People with Disabilities Awareness Day from noon to 4:30 p.m., March 5, 2024, at the Oklahoma History Center.

Let's take action! Plan on coming, bring a friend or two and network with the more than 70 disability-centric exhibitors. They bring a wealth of information and might introduce you to new programs.

Celebrate success! Stay and congratulate our Awareness Day Award Winners.

We are back at the Oklahoma History Center and the event is free to all who want to attend. The venue is ideal for talking with exhibitors and an outstanding place to showcase the award winners.

Check out the event program: standard print | large print | braille ready

What about Legislative visits?

While the event is not at the state Capitol we still hope you use the day to reach out to your lawmaker. If you can't visit in person, make a phone call, type an email, or post to your favorite social media and tag a representative or senator. Tell them how they can best serve the disability community best.

We don't want to miss our opportunities just because we are across the street. It's a time to learn to advocate for yourself, for your family or on behalf of those you work with. This day is still your opportunity to explain the positive impact of critical disability programs.

Look up your legislator here.

PWDAD 2024 Awards Program

Every year we honor individuals who make a difference for the disability community, either by being an example or paving the way for success. We will honor our People with Disabilities Awareness Day Award winners at 3 p.m. in the Chesapeake Room.

Don't miss DRS Executive Director Melinda Fruendt and our Commissioners presenting the honors.

Help us celebrate the 2024 People with Disabilities Awareness Day award winners:

Vocational Rehabilitation Client of the Year
Ethan Smith

Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired Client of the Year
Elmer Norton

Oklahoma School for the Blind Student of the Year
Emileigh Jackson

Oklahoma School for the Deaf Student of the Year
Riley Newell

Business of the Year

State Agency Partner of the Year
Department of Human Services Development Disability Services

Workforce Partner of the Year
Central Oklahoma Workforce Innovation Board

Communications Award
KOCO News 5 Morning Show

Senator of the Year
Senator Julia Kirt

Representative of the Year
Representative Mark Lawson

Lifetime Achievement Award Lynn Cragg,
Oklahoma School for the Blind

Join us at the Oklahoma History Center

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This year we will be hosting PWDAD at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. This beautiful facility is not only made for our event by being able to hold the large number of exhibitors that we are used to but our awards program as well. No elevator waits - it's all on one floor.

Admission to the building and PWDAD is free. The doors to the museum exhibits will be open thanks to the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council sponsoring the entry fees.

Visit the Oklahoma History Center's website

Oklahoma History Center

Special Thanks

Be sure to plan to visit the History Center's exhibits. This year, the doors to the exhibits will be wide open thanks to Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council for paying everyone's entrance fee.

Thank you ORC for making a great day even better!

ORC Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council logo

Build Oklahoma Strong. People with Disabilities Awareness Day. March 5, 2024, Oklahoma History Center.


Are you bringing a group? Make a List!

Are you bringing more than 10 people with you to People with Disabilities Awareness Day? If so, do you want to get through registration faster?

On a piece of paper, list everyone in your group including yourself. When you get the event, give the volunteers at the registration tables the list and go enjoy the day.

You won't have to try to keep your group together while signing each group member in. Our mission is to help you enjoy the day.

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Be Seen, Wear Green

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Do you want a People with Disabilities Awareness Day t-shirt? Get yours here!

Let's stand united! Be Seen, Wear Green! Any green or a PWDAD t-shirt, we're not picky.

Unity comes in all forms, this year we are excited to tell you about the PWDAD t-shirts. We have created this PWDAD design and are making them available for anyone who would like to purchase one. If you can't purchase the t-shirt - wear green and be seen.

Get your orders in six weeks before the event, so you can be styling there.

Check out the t-shirts.

Add PWDAD to your calendar

Contact Us

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If you have any questions or need help registering, please call us at (405) 951-3478 or email, [email protected].

Come visit the 2024 Exhibitors

We have an outstanding group of exhibitors scheduled for this year. Plan on attending and visiting all the exhibitors.

Name of your organization, Hall, Section, Table Number

  • Ability Connection Oklahoma, Devon, Blue, 30
  • The 34 Project, Devon, Brown, 51
  • Autism Foundation of Oklahoma, Devon, White, 53
  • Bios Corporation, West Family, Yellow, 65
  • Blinded Veterans Association, Devon, Brown, 48
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Oklahoma, West Family, Purple, 56
  • Brainxcite, West Family, Purple, 59
  • Caption Call, Devon, White, 35
  • CAREGIVER Magazine, Devon, Blue, 28
  • Central Oklahoma Camp & Make Promises Happen, West Family, Purple, 62
  • Central Oklahoma Workforce Innovation Board (COWIB), Devon, Blue, 29
  • Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC), West Family, Purple, 63
  • Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma, Devon, Brown, 50
  • Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma, Devon, Blue, 33
  • EZ-ACCESS, World Hall, Black, 26
  • Galt Foundation, Devon, Brown, 49
  • Genuine Care Rehab, Devon, White, 54
  • Hearing Loss Association - Central Oklahoma Chapter, World Hall, Black, 23
  • Hope Retreat Ranch, West Family, Yellow, 70
  • Jeri's House, Inc., Devon, Blue, 27
  • Kinetic Program at Decisive Driver, World Hall, Black, 25
  • Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc., Devon, Blue, 34
  • Medicare Assistance Program / Oklahoma Insurance Department, West Family, Yellow, 69
  • Mercy, Chesapeake, Green, 10
  • Mobility One Transportation Inc, West Family, Purple, 55
  • NanoPac, Inc., Chesapeake Hall, Green, 3
  • NCDET-Project SEARCH, Devon, Blue, 32
  • Not Your Average Joe, West Family, Yellow, 66
  • OK State Dept. of Education, Devon, Brown, 41
  • OKC West Side Lions Club, West Family, Purple, 60
  • OKDRS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Older Blind Program, Chesapeake Hall, Green, 8
  • OKDRS, Accessible Instructional Materials Center, Chesapeake Hall, Green, 4
  • OKDRS, Business Enterprise Program, Chesapeake Hall, Red, 15
  • OKDRS, Business Services Program, Chesapeake Hall, Red, 15
  • OKDRS, Career Planning Center, Chesapeake Hall, Green, 11
  • OKDRS, Disability Determination Services, Chesapeake Hall, Green, 9
  • OKDRS, Employment Support Services, Chesapeake Hall, Green, 7
  • OKDRS, Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Chesapeake Hall, Green, 5
  • OKDRS, Oklahoma School for the Blind, Chesapeake Hall, Red, 16
  • OKDRS, Oklahoma School for the Deaf, Chesapeake Hall, Red, 18
  • OKDRS, Oklahoma Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program, Chesapeake Hall, Red, 17
  • OKDRS, Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired Assistive Technology, Chesapeake Hall, Green, 6
  • OKDRS, Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Chesapeake Hall, Red, 19
  • OKDRS, Transition, Chesapeake Hall, Red, 20
  • OKDRS, Vocational Rehabilitation, Chesapeake Hall, Red, 13
  • OKDRS, Vocational Rehabilitation Assistive Technology, Chesapeake Hall, Red, 14
  • OKDRS, Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits Planners, Chesapeake Hall, Red, 12
  • OKIPSE Alliance, West Family, Yellow, 67
  • Oklahoma ABLE Tech, Devon, Blue, 44
  • Oklahoma CareerTech, Chesapeake Hall, Red, 21
  • Oklahoma Council of the Blind, Chesapeake Hall, Green, 1
  • Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs, Devon, White, 52
  • Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Chesapeake Hall, Red, 22
  • Oklahoma Family Network, West Family, Yellow, 64
  • Oklahoma Occupational Therapy Association, Devon, White, 54
  • Oklahoma Office of Disability Concerns, Devon, Brown, 46
  • Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council (ORC), Devon, Blue, 45
  • Oklahoma Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Council (OKTVR), Devon, Brown, 47
  • Oklahoma Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (OWIPA), Devon, Brown, 42
  • Redlands Community College NASNTI Part F Grant, Devon, White, 36
  • Sight Hearing Encouragement Program, West Family, Purple, 58
  • SLRS-Sign Language Resource Services, Inc., World Hall, Black, 24
  • Sooner SUCCESS, West Family, Yellow, 68
  • Springs Inc, West Family, Purple, 57
  • Sunhive Collective, Inc, West Family, Purple, 61
  • Supporters of Families with Sickle Cell Disease, Inc, Devon, White, 37
  • Taxpayer Advocate Service/IRS, Devon, White, 40
  • Tech-Now Inc., Devon, Brown, 43
  • United Access, Devon, White, 38

PWDAD Event Flyer

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Check out the event flyer and help us spread the word by sending it to all your friends. Tell them how important it is to inform our state Legislators about the issues that affect the disability community and for all of us to stand united.

Flyer - Standard Print  | Flyer - Large Print | Flyer - Braille

PWDAD Many exhibits too

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People with Disabilities Awareness Day always has great exhibits with a vast assortment of information and key people to get to know. We will provide a list when this information is available.

Let's get social - #PWDAD2024

See you there!